With the new 2014 / 2015 season, CUFC is lucky enough to have managed to negotiate a number of key sponsorship deals. These deals are absolutely required on a season which sees the Club growing yet again to a new level. With over 250 members, organised in 13 distinct panels and playing in 9 different competitive leagues, the Club requires substantial resources and CUFC officers have decided that the Club should remain an affordable club. Being affordable in this context means that membership fees don’t cover the totality of the Club’s expenses and this is really an important part of what sponsors are for.
CUFC can count on its main sponsor Ballyseedy Home and Garden, to provide very substantial support, including the care of the playing and training surfaces at Ballyadam Park. Managing Director Nathan McDonnell, a keen sportsman himself – although more of a GAA man himself, is a strong supporter of the Club. Vmobile provide much needed additional sponsorship. Managing Director Mark McCarthy is also a keen supporter, as well as a parent.
InkCart.com is just after coming in as dedicated sponsor of the academy training gear and it is great to see CUFC’s sponsor family growing again.
However, a considerable proportion of the support which the Club gets from the local business community comes from the Club’s partnership programme: a total of 16 local firms based from Little Island to Midleton have joined the programme since its creation in 2011. All have contributed equally to the recent investments which the club has made in purchasing good quality equipment, in particular a number of portable goals which allow coaches to stage challenging but safe training sessions.
Airwave Internet, Carrigtwohill Dental Practice, Carrigtwohill Pharmacy, Costcutter Carrigtwohill, Cuthbert’s Homemade Bread, the Elm Tree Restaurant, the Guilder’s Bar, Hurley’s Supervalu (Midleton), Lakewood Furniture, Lynch Tile Centre, Mary Geary’s Childcare, MaxiZoo, Midleton Veterinary Hospital, O’Donovan Transport (Cork) Ltd, Steeltech Sheds, and Total Auto Solutions have all allowed the Club to spread its wings and offer soccer for an ever greater number of members in Carrigtwohill and its surroundings.
In the end, CUFC can also count on the local community to receive continuously the support that it needs to continue to provide soccer for everyone in Carrigtwohill and its surroundings. Week after week, the Club’s Golden Goal competition offers great fun to participants in support of the Club.
No doubt that over the coming months, the club will receive support from additional local businesses. This will be needed to cope with increasing player numbers and the corresponding increase in training time and number of fixtures.